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August 25, 2013

Gardening with purpose

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Tonawanda News — “On the surface you’re thinking it’s just a parking lot,” he said, of the Manhattan Street work. “But we have a lot of people, for instance, who come to the Canal Fest from outside the area and that parking lot was packed. That could be a person’s first impression of North Tonawanda.”

Council President Rich Andres, who represents the Second Ward, said when the Webster Street project begins next month between Sweeney and Goundry streets, the environmental benefits will be coupled with vast beautification improvements, which are partly in response to complaints he’s received from business owners during the last several years. 

“It addresses a couple of concerns the merchants have,” he said. “The flower boxes have outlived their usefulness and we’ve had problems down there with Locust trees because they’re the wrong size. It obviously also addresses some of our problems with the rainfall. When it’s all finished we’ll hopefully have a nice, uniformed streetscape.” 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115. 

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